The Shorty Awards, also known as the Shortys, is an annual awards event, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social web.
The awards are organized by the co-founders of the Brooklyn-based startup company Sawhorse Media. Greg Galant is CEO and Co-founder and Lee Semel is CTO and Co-founder of Sawhorse Media. Since their creation in 2008, the awards have expanded beyond Twitter to recognize content creation on other social networking sites, including YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and Facebook.
Twitter users nominate six finalists in each award category, and a panel of expert and celebrity judges choose winners. An awards ceremony is held each spring and streamed live on the official website. Each award recognizes the entire body of work of the content creator, rather than an individual tweet or post. A 2012 Forbes magazine article about the awards commented: "The Shortys recognize that social media is about more than who can get the most followers ... we are creating millions of pieces of new writing that will define our generation. ... These writings ... are creating our history of record."
Mamrie Lillian Hart (//; born September 22, 1983) is an American comedian, actress, writer and performer. She gained popularity in 2011 through her YouTube show You Deserve A Drink, for which she won a 2014 Streamy Award for Actress in a Comedy. She currently has over 1.1 million YouTube subscribers and her main channel has over 56.5 million views. She also co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in the 2014 film Camp Takota.